Just like this, it's not easy, the combination of looks and how it behaves is rather hard to find. Just talking about the hardness and grit I think it's OK to find one as long as you give up on a specific look. As for how I use it, I rub steel on it xD. Usually after 3-4K synthetic as a "drop dwon"stone and before going to my Aizu.I've been admiring your favorite striped natsuya, knowing nothing about natural stones. How hard is it to find a stone like this, with the right hardness/fineness? How exactly is it used in your progression?
Nice collection! How do we know there are knives in there ... For all we know, that could just be a collection of gorgeous handles and sayas stuck together... purportedly with 'unicorns' inside?Kato WH suji in red amboyna, ancient redgum Saya pin
Hiromoto Honyaki, Tassie blackwood Saya, compression koa and black g10 liners for the handle. Nickel silver handle and Saya pins.
Halcyonforge in spalted maple (handle original from Halcyonforge) and spalted maple Saya pin.
Raquin KT small gyuto in walnut burl with ancient redgum pins. Handle is unstabilized.
Shigefusa KU 180 nakiri, handle D shape in ancient redgum and thin copper spacer, Saya in redgum (toasted), pin from ancient redgum.
Well, all the knives have been posted here before the woodwork for a focus on the blades . This was all about the handles and sayaNice collection! How do we know there are knives in there ... For all we know, that could just be a collection of gorgeous handles and sayas stuck together... purportedly with 'unicorns' inside?